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Old 12-18-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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z68x-UD4-B3 Gigabyte Motherboard


I have a z68x-UD4-B3 Gigabyte Motherboard laying around with an Intel Corei5 processor. I originally got it for Windows but have since fallen in love with Linux. I searched the web for info on setting this up with a Linux operating system and the documentation I found says not compatible. Ok, how do I make this work? Do I have to shell out money for Windows in order to run some Linux distro on here?
 
Old 12-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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I don't see any reason why this mainboard should not work out of the box with any recent Linux distribution.
I would like to see the documentation that states that this board is not Linux compatible, do you have a link?
 
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:11 AM   #3
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The link requested

Here's one: http://www.gigabyte-day.com/gigabyte...b3-driver.html and the statement considered is at the bottom of the web page in remarks:
"Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website."

Then, when I search, no drivers are found. Considering 50% of the Linux Kernel is built with drivers ... maybe the remark is sort of vacuous?
 
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You will see that remark on any of Gigabytes product pages for motherboards. What it means in reality is: "We won't offer you Linux drivers, go to the manufacturers of the chipsets if you need them."
There shouldn't be a problem running Linux on that motherboard.
 
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